United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Statement by:
Ahmad Rajabi
Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
"Rural Development"
the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting of CSD-17
in New York, 24,February, 2009
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Madam Chair;
At the outset, I associate myself with the statement made by the distinguished
representative of Sudan on behalf of G-77 and China on rural development. I
would like to express my appreciation to the Secretary-General for the report
on theme of rural development.
Rural development is a key to success in implementing of internationally
agreed development goals including MDGs, particularly in developing
countries. In rural areas, poverty, hunger and malnutrition continue to impose
hard living conditions on people. Millions of handicraft makers face more and
more difficulties in providing their basic needs, including materials and
financial resources, to continue to work. According to the Secretary-General?s
report, more than one billion people live in rural areas. Majority of them
grapple with poverty in developing countries. Emerging of poverty in rural
areas remind us of our commitment to sustainable development goals, and
their follow up process. To this end, it is essential for alleviation of poverty in
rural areas:
1. To rectify of nomadic settlements, as well as, preservation and
enhancement of their economic capacities;
2. To expand fishing activities, such as the development, maintenance and
improvement of fishing ports;
3. To prepare of the necessary grounds for implementation of "Education for
All" program; enhancement of the health and living standards, education
and training opportunities for all the rural and nomadic communities;
4. To develop and expand of the comprehensive social security system, and
to make it pervasiveness and effective;
5. To distribute fairly the incomes and implementation tax incentive policies;
6. To promote employment, capacity building, enhancement of social
participation and education of vocational and living skills;
7. To enhance the participation of NGOs and charity and non-profit
organizations in poverty eradication programs,
8. To identify orphans and the families under the poverty line, and to
implement of social, financial and cultural support for the aforementioned
people by the responsible organizations and institutions within the social
security system;
9. To guarantee the provision of, and access to health care and treatment
10. To enhance the productivity and livelihood of the nomadic and rural
communities, and to create job opportunities;
11. To increase the coverage of social insurances, with special emphasis on
the nomads, villagers and urban employees;
12. To provide special insurance for the women who are in charge of
supporting the family, and people without a guardian, particularly children;
13. To enhance of the psychological health and hygiene services and to,
expand social assistance services to strengthen the family foundation and
to enhance the capabilities of the vulnerable people and social groups;
14. To provide access to basic energy, water, sanitation and agriculture
infrastructures and services in order to improve the living conditions of the
rural communities,
15. To strengthen the resilience of rural areas, in particular, rural houses and
settlements against natural disasters,
16. To promote the use of modern energy services including modern biomas
services to reduce the indoor and outdoor pollutions,
Madam Chair, I hope that the Commission will be able to identify set policy
options and practical measures at all levels on in a manner that contribute
significantly to alleviation of poverty.
Thank you, Madam Chair